18 For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”20 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preachto save those who believe. 22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.26 For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards,not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, 29 so that no human beingmight boast in the presence of God.30 And because of himyou are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, 31 so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 1:18-31
It has been 6 years after I had a very memorable class debate when I was in high school, but the lesson it taught me is still fresh.
Our class was asked by our teacher to have a debate about the issue on Divorce since our country still doesn’t have that law. It sounds very interesting, but I already know that even before the debate started, it will be a hard fight for those who are against it. Although I was really a hard-headed, professing-but-really-not-yet a true Christian, I chose the team that is against divorce.
The house was not equally divided. Only ¼ of the class were against it, and most of us who were on that team are those who grew up in church and knew the essence of the bond that a family makes in strengthening an individual. It wasn’t that much surprising because I know, even at that very young age, more young people already take the side of those who approve that law as something that is really needed.
The debate was about to start, and no one from our side was really brave enough to take the frontline. Honestly, although I know what I needed to say right at that moment, but it seems like I don’t have enough guts to say it in front of many people. Most of our opponents are top students of our class, and that fact really made us look like underdogs who were just raising the banner of every denomination we were representing.
I don’t know what happened to my plans of not being the one who is going to be on the frontline, but I remember it very well when I stood there defending what I believe in and the holiness of marriage. Most of our opponents laughed with what I said, and to make all things worse, our teacher interrupted and asked our team if we could set aside religion for that debate. Right at that moment, what was really on my mind was to defend what I truly believe that I forgot that in some formal debates, most of the religious doctrines should be set aside and everyone should use the absurd wisdom of the world.
I know in God’s eyes that was really a very pitiful debate. It showed how most people wanted God to be out of the picture in every decision we make. Putting God out of the picture left our team battling without our main Armor. I know why some of us took that side, and I believe that most of us know that marriage is a vow that should not be broken by human power. Having that law on our Constitution will only lead into so much compromise and worse, it will cheapen the image of marriage. For me, annulment is already enough to settle marriages that lead into physical and mental abuse.
And since we were left without our Armor, our team was defeated. God let that happen for me to learn one of the greatest lessons in my life. It taught me that the wisdom of the world is foolishness in the eyes of God because it always takes God out of the picture. Many people will always act as if they control everything which is really a great lie.
I know that need of justice for those who were abused by their husbands, but for me, those incidents will not happen if the leader of the family is really fixing his eyes on Jesus. Nothing beats the security that God gives in a family who obeys Him. I know it because my dad gave me that idea through his actions. Although my father is not perfect, but in his daily decisions, he tries his best not to put God out of the picture. We might not be rich, but what my dad taught me was really far beyond any treasures in this world. His faith for God was one of the stepping stones I had in my journey for knowing God deeper. Whenever times are tough, he knows whom to run to. He points our family to the very source of good things, and his fervent prayers lead us to obey God.
In such kind of lifestyle, you don’t need a law to defend your right. In fact, all of us have no rights to claim our worth and act as if we are higher than God. We all sinned and fall short for the glory of God. It is only by His grace alone that we draw near to Him. There is nothing left for us to boast in front of Him. We don’t have the right to claim all the blessings from God if you know so well that you don’t obey Him with all your heart, mind and soul. That state should left us all with so much gratitude towards Him and not to put Him aside in every decision we make.
There are only two kinds of wisdom; the prideful wisdom of the world and the wisdom that God gives that left His people with so much humility. The prideful wisdom of the world will lead you to destruction, but the wisdom that comes from God will help you in your journey with Him. King Solomon, the wisest king in the world, warned us in the Book of Ecclesiates what human wisdom could do. The Book of Proverbs teaches us to seek wisdom, but the kind of wisdom it encourages us to seek is not the wisdom that this world gives us.
What are the examples of human’s prideful wisdom? Simple. The prideful wisdom of human is everywhere. Many from us distort the genetic design of species and find cure for unexplained illnesses through the limited dominion of worldly wisdom with God being out of the picture. Many people want to find answers about the mysteries of oceans and galaxies with the aim of finding the end of what is truly an infinite power of God. We waste our time naming species without even finding the reason why they truly exist. We have laws in every country with an aim of having a peaceful life without even truly knowing that Jesus is the only One that gives perfect peace. We encourage a good image that is brought by fashion and cosmetics without even knowing that what really God looks at is the heart of a man. We spend so much time to have the latest cars and gadgets without even truly believing that we should store up our treasures in heaven. We travel the whole world without even knowing that it wouldn’t satisfy the deepest longings of our souls. We flood our minds of thoughts that God doesn’t exist but that thought only left us with no hope at all. We go to church and believe in the cultic customs but not biblical without even realizing that any form of self-righteousness will not lead us to eternal life. Those are just examples of the long list of human’s prideful wisdom. We cannot take God out of the picture because if we will, our lives are worthless. Our worth is only magnified in Him.
19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. 24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.
This is a wake-up call for us not to set aside the thoughts about God in every second of our lives. We all know deep inside that God exists. That’s why let’s live every second of our lives honoring Him. Let’s repent and have faith in Him. Let His Word be our guide in living a life that obeys Him. As Christians, we should not hide the truth. Let’s proclaim it because we cannot truly hide the light that comes from a city on a hill.
God bless you.
All glory belongs to God alone.